Could I squeeze anything else into this post if I tried? I think not! I’m nearly recovered from the shenanigans that are SXSW. Look at me writing in full sentences and everything! I mean just yesterday this post would have gone something like this: “Food. Pictures. Food. Look. Yum. Mazel!” Hardly award winning content. This week was chock full of music, frolicking,
booze iced tea, awesome food and even a celebrity sighting or two! If you could care less about my free time, at least scroll down to the bottom for a Manischewitz giveaway!! Everyone wins.
First up, the lovely folks at Chobani invited me and some other Austin bloggers to a yogurt themed dinner at Parkside. Each of the five courses was made from Chobani! I already love using their yogurt on latkes or in tzatziki so it was cool to see it in dishes like chilled avocado soup or in yogurt jerky. You read that right. Yogurt jerky! Must. Recreate. Now. Check out the hashtag #chobaniatx on Twitter or Instagram for more beautiful photos from the attendees.
Great start to the week, right? The next day my brother Andy landed in Austin for SXSW. If you are not familiar, SXSW is a conference/music/interactive festival that takes over the city and gets bigger and bigger every year. I’m already scared for 2014! We go to the music portion (4 years running!), and there is literally a band in every bar/store/supermarket/corner/parking lot. Like I said, it takes over! Perfect for an ADD festival goer such as myself who can’t stand in the same spot for long.
Artsy, eh? How happy are these kids?
So happy. Well, minus the weirdos behind us. We saw dozens of bands at small venues holding a few dozen people, to massive spaces like Stubbs where we saw Macklemore.
See them? No? This party was sponsored by Rachael Ray. Surprised? Turns out she loves Austin and finding new bands and throws the must-attend party every year. We moved up closer for Kenny Loggins.
Oh and look who else was taking photos of the Danger Zone– RR herself! Here is one more:
Love her! After Stubbs, we
stalked finagled our way into Rachel’s after party at Banger’s.
Oh what is that cute necklace I’m wearing? I’m glad you asked! Jan, a very sweet reader who owns PSPendants sent me not one but two of her necklaces as a “thank you” for my recipes. How sweet, right? I think she put it best in her enclosed letter when she says “After all, future generations should not be deprived of heartburn and hardened arteries that come from the joys of schmaltz, matzo balls and gribenes.” Pretty much sums up WJWE! She converts stamps, including many from Israel, into beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces! Here are some of my favorites that are currently available:
Cute right? They are totally affordable and make great, unique gifts. Anyhoo, the after party was way smaller than the main event, so you can get an idea of the contrast of SXSW. Plus, there was an open bar and free sausages! Joy! And, really great bands. You must do yourself a favor and check out Mary C and the Stellars!! Kind of a mix of R&B, soul and awesomeness. Obsessed!
Speaking of obsessed, here is me chatting to Rachael about matzo ball soup. Seriously. I suggested she use schmaltz. I didn’t want to bother her, but my friends insisted on giving her my blog card. Well she cracked up at the name and called me over to chat. I don’t normally get too star stuck but RR is pretty much the happiest, most genuine, coolest girl around. Plus I got her approval on the new logo I’m working on. Stay tuned for that!
Please ignore the dreadlocks starting to form on my head. With SXSW over, it’s officially Passover! Hooray!